The musicians in the prison had learned Idalee’s song, Heal, before his arrival and knew the lyrics inside out – along with spectacular harmonies. Idalee and the men in prison created a music video together for the track, and weaved their personal stories into the fabric.
A MESSAGE FROM IDALEE
It’s become pretty common knowledge that American prisons are overcrowded. Over-criminalization locks away too many people, and mandatory minimum sentences are setting our culture back. They’re big problems and there are more than a few opinions on how to change this. I’m not really gonna talk about that now.
Through performing music in prison and shooting video with inmates all over the country, I’ve become most committed to seeing that these men and women get a true second chance afforded when they are released back to society – which over 90% of incarcerated people will be at some point. I care about them getting help on the inside and a fair enough playing field for them to get to work when they get out.
I didn’t go to prison myself. Could have. Easily. But I didn’t. I feel like I got a second chance at music after my accident – a chance to contribute – to create. For those who TRULY work for a second chance- I want them to get it.
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BEHIND THE SCENES OF “HEAL”
The guys inside were a pleasure to work with. They had stories, they shared their dreams – It was incredible. Together with these men, we endeavored to create a music video together for the song, and weave their personal stories into the fabric. Here’s a few extra clips. We’re gonna share a lot more stories from that day soon.
REMEMBER THOSE IN PRISON
Prison Fellowship® is committed to helping restore all those affected by crime and incarceration. In 2015, the nonprofit was pleased to help Idalee film this music video/documentary for his song, “Heal,” with talented musicians who are participating in one of its intensive prisoner reentry programs
The organization trains and inspires churches and communities—inside and outside of prison—to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration. We equip correctional leaders, volunteers, and incarcerated men and women to make prisons more rehabilitative places; we advocate for a more restorative criminal justice system; and we collaborate with churches and local service providers to support former prisoners, their families, and their communities.